Located in downtown Seminyak, The Orchard House is an elegant four-bedroom character home set amongst stunning tropical gardens. Unique in appearance and style, this delightful residence can best be described as “British India meets Out of Africa”, lovingly created by the villa’s owners, Luli and Charles Orchard, renowned in Bali for high-end furniture design.
Having been the family home for the past 12 years, the villa overflows with exotic furnishings and artefacts. Hundreds of paintings, sketches, photographs and prints by famous artists adorn the walls, while antique rugs, ceramic vases and vintage fabrics inject a unique sense of style.
Sympathetic to its surrounds, traditional Balinese materials have been used in harmony with the environment and tropical climate. High vaulted ceilings topped with ironwood shingle and alang-alang thatched roofs, and hard wood floors keep the villa cool, while French-style windows beautifully capture the natural light.
The expansive garden with its mature trees, large lawn, 13-metre swimming pool (with optional pool fence) and poolside balé adds to the villa’s beauty to create a sense of space in an urban neighbourhood bustling with activity. Just 100 metres from the villa’s door guests find themselves on Jalan Seminyak, home to some of the island’s best restaurants, spas, boutiques, bars and galleries.
However for those who’d rather stay in and enjoy the quiet, The Orchard House offers a multitude of living spaces and comes with a team of dedicated staff, including a highly-skilled in-house chef. The villa is particularly child friendly too, with an additional bedroom that sleeps four children and an abundance of facilities to keep even the most energetic youngsters entertained.
Living and dining room
Guests are greeted at The Orchard House in the open-plan living and dining room, where they can recline on soft, comfortable sofas with a welcome drink while admiring the detail that has gone into making this home so special. The dining area, with its circular table for six, curves out towards the garden with bi-fold doors and windows opening onto the tropical surrounds. A writing desk with desktop computer and printer/scanner sits under a bay window.
A step down from the living and dining room is the fan-cooled Big room which has been fashioned on the traditional Balinese wantilan(meeting hall) with vaulted ceilings under a thatched roof. Rich oriental carpets add colour to the dark hardwood floors and pastel walls, while vases of silk English roses add to the country cottage feel.
Floor-to-ceiling bookcases line one wall, while a myriad of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and artefacts line the other. Plump sofas with soft cushions surround a huge coffee table laden with books (some published by the owner), and an antique cabinet hides a satellite TV with DVD player and Bose iPod dock for entertainment. A round dining table for four is just the spot for high tea.
French doors open out onto the gardens and a patio with a large outdoor dining table (seats eight) shaded by umbrellas.
Adjoining the living and dining room is the villa’s fully equipped galley-style kitchen fitted out with black granite worktops, teak cupboards, an impressive china cabinet, a great selection of cookbooks and all the latest appliances. Guests can sip their tea in the breakfast nook decked out with pink and white check cushions.
Media room/children’s playroom
The air-conditioned media room can be accessed from the entrance hall, kitchen and garden. A pastel blue chaise sofa compliments the hand-painted white cement tiles, turquoise cupboards with stained-glass windows and pink-striped curtains. Here guests can enjoy a movie on the large flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player.
Equipped with Karaoke machine and numerous toys – even a dining table with vinyl tablecloth for messy eaters – this room doubles admirably as a children’s playroom.
The air-conditioned library located on the top floor of the main house makes an ideal retreat. Furnished with two leather armchairs, a wooden desk and a large daybed, this room offers the best views in the house through a wall of windows. A small balcony furnished with a wicker chair is strategically placed to catch the sun’s rays.
Children and extra beds
- DVD Player
- Ensuite Bathroom
- Home Theater
- Hot Water
- Phone Line
- Spa Room
- Staff Room
- Swimming Pool
- TV/Satelite TV
Seminyak - Bali
Seminyak – Bali